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Picture gallery: Bridewell Museum in line to smash visitors target. But was the Norwich attraction's £1.5m revamp money well spent? Have your say

PUBLISHED: 14:31 22 October 2012

Celebrating the glory days of Norwich speedway at the Bridewell Museum.  Photo: Bill Smith

Celebrating the glory days of Norwich speedway at the Bridewell Museum. Photo: Bill Smith

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A revamped city museum is more than halfway to reaching its annual target of visitors - just three full months since it re-opened.

Norwich's Bridewell Museum is about to reopen.  Photo: Bill SmithNorwich's Bridewell Museum is about to reopen. Photo: Bill Smith

Museum service officials say they have calculated the Bridewell, in Bridewell Alley, city centre, should be aiming to attract 14,000 people a year to meet its agreed business plan.

New figures released show 2,379 visits were recorded in September, bringing its total up to 8,214.

The museum, which aims to tell the story of Norwich life through the ages, opened at the end of June following a £1.5m overhaul. The building was closed for more than two years.

Elsewhere, visitor numbers to Norwich Castle dipped slightly last month compared to the same period in 2011. People made 13,500 visits to the attraction, although this figure stood at 13,878 in September 2011.

But the 11th century structure is still almost 5,000 visits up in the first six months of 2012/13 – from April to September – when compared to the same period in 2011. There have been 99,281 visits so far this year, while there were 94,758 in 2011/12 and 99,738 in 2010/11.

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